Canada on track for record year

12, November, 2014

Canada is on track to welcome a record number of international students this year with an 11 per cent increase in the number of study permits issued from the January-to-September period, according to an announcement by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander.

Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced the increase in study permits issued to international students. Image - CIC Canada.

In the first nine months of the year, 103,999 study permits were issued to international students, compared with 93,717 in the same period of 2013 and 84,207 in 2012.

“Our government is proud that Canada continues to be a study destination of choice for international students,” said Alexander. “International students generate an estimated CAN$8 (US$7 billion) in economic activity in Canada each year and thousands will remain in Canada permanently, putting their education and experience to work and contributing to economic and job growth in Canada.”

In the 2013 calendar year, five nationalities represented more than half of all international students entering Canada: China (29,414 students); India (13,758), Korea (7,284), France (7,045) and the USA (4,847).

As previously reported, Canada made major changes to its International Student Program in 2014, including the introduction of designation of institutions eligible to accept international students on study permits by provincial governments.

In 2013, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada launched an International Education Strategy to double the number of international students coming to Canada by 2022.

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